July Favorites

As we say goodbye to the seventh month of the year, I take a look back at the quite a few items that I have been enjoying so far in the area of Beauty, Skincare, Fashion and more.

SKINCARE

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First we delve into skincare. This lovely mask was purchased at my drugstore of choice Jollys Pharmacy for under $5. The initial attraction for me was the ultra firming and hydrating claims which I always desperately need under my eyes.

Anti-aging face masks improve the overall appearance of the skin by repairing cell damage and evening skin tone. They may also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase elasticity, and reduce puffiness around the eyes.

After using this about 5 times strictly under the eye and in my smile lines (my cheeks and forehead) I noticed a significant plumpness to the delicate skin under my eyes as well as smoother smile lines. I grade this a A+.

 

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Also in the skincare realm is of course a good facial scrub. Again this came from the ever affordable Jollys drugstore for about $16.

These beads are so fine that they allow for a gentle but deep clean and the smell is fresh and crisp. To use you simply apply a small amount to your damp face and neck. Massage in circular movements with fingertips avoiding the eye area.

This special blend of simple cleansing goodness containing Pro-vitamin B5, vitamin E and rice granules, helps to gently exfoliate and improve skin  condition.

 

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Finally in skincare is this Ponds Cream that I have been loving for inside of my office when the air conditioning sucks out all of the moisture from my skin.

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream has a rich and creamy formula that is easily absorbed by the skin to hydrate deeply while significantly reducing dryness. It is also dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic.

 

HAIRCARE

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Just one hair care item this month. Due to lack of consistent care (on my part) I have been experiencing some shedding but thanks to my trusty hair mayonnaise this is slowly becoming a thing of the past.

This stimulator has taken hydrating botanical and blended them with olive oil. Proclaimed as “liquid gold”, olive oil has been used for over 5000 years. Enriched with olive oil, egg protein & herbs Restores, renews, moisturizes, strengthens.

 

MAKEUP

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Moving on to makeup I have been really into blush lately. The hot summer heat has me wanting that naturally flushed look (with a little help of course).

This Jordanna blush from Beautywise in Redwood has been saving the day! The formula picks up well onto the brush and the color lasts practically all day.

 

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This next item I have not been using for its intended purpose. I first purchased this Nanacoco lip liner in dark brown it was supposed to be for just that, my lips!

Unfortunately this was proven to be unblendable on my lips so like any good makeup enthusiast on a budget I quickly thought of an alternative use and thus the use of it on my eyebrows. This is the perfect color for my brows as well as having a great color pay-off.

 

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Next up is on of my fave affordable lipsticks from RubyKisses which I purchased from Beautywise for under 10$.

Vermillion gives me that sultry dark purple look without being too harsh, it is matte which is a bonus and lasts through the day with minimal reapplication.

 

 

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Next up we have this makeup hack which I read about in a blog (or saw in a youtube video don’t quote me). All you do is use eyebrow powder as a contour and this has been working quite well. It gives me a subtle contour that can be intensified with more application.

 

FASHION

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My fashion faves have been anything off shouldered and dark. I’ve been living for off the shoulder tops as well as fitted jackets and trousers. Yes a true mismatch of ideas.

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As to shoe favorites I’ve really been enjoying these 10$ flea market steal black sandals. They go with anything and are super comfortable.

 

OTHER

 

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Moving on to my other favorites, I have been reading sisters of the Yam by one of my favorite feminist authors Bell Hooks.

Hooks addresses the inner well-being of black women and how their development is shaped by the daily assault of institutionalized structures of domination. Tackling such issues as addiction, truth-telling, work, grieving, spirituality, eroticism, reconciliation and forgiveness, community and estrangement from nature, she shares numerous strategies for self-recovery that can heal individuals and empower effective struggle against racism, sexism and consumer capitalism.

 

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Lately I have been very into productivity music. Music has been proven to help focus. There are two types of attention networks in the brain, the conscious system which speaks for itself and the unconscious one that shifts attention towards anything our senses pick up that might be significant. Music provides non-invasive noise and pleasurable feelings, to effectively neutralize the unconscious attention system’s ability to distract us. In other words I find myself being productive for longer periods of time.

 

What have you enjoyed from the month of July. Let me know in the comments below.

Looking forward to the month of August with so much in store.

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